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maandag 17 nov 2014
Bron:  JTA / Reuters - foto: Amerikaanse Ambassadeur aan de VN, Samantha Power

Amerikaanse Ambassadeur aan de VN, Samantha Power"Make no mistake – we have a problem," said Samantha Power at he Berlin OSCE Conference.

(JTA) — Rising anti-Semitism in Europe threatens not only Jews but overall European values, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said at a conference on anti-Semitism in Berlin.

The event, which concluded Thursday, was organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to mark the 10th anniversary of the first OSCE conference on anti-Semitism and its concluding declaration, which underscored that political events in the Middle East were no excuse for hate crimes.

That admonition of 2004 remains relevant today, Power said, adding that "robust steps must be taken" to combat the problem....


woensdag 12 nov 2014
Bron:  Prime Ministers Office of Israel - foto: Israelische Premier Benjamin Netanyahu
Israelische Premier Benjamin NetanyahuPM Netanyahu's Remarks at the End of the Security Cabinet Meeting - 11/11/2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the end of the Security Cabinet meeting this evening :
"We are in the midst of a campaign of incitement and terrorism directed against the State of Israel and its citizens. This campaign has continued since the foundation of the state and even before then. We have defeated terrorism until today and we will defeat it this time as well.

I convened the Security Cabinet a short while ago and updated it on the decisions we made following consultations with security elements – with the IDF, the ISA and the Israel Police. These steps include increasing forces on the ground throughout the country in order to boost your security, citizens of Israel; the demolition of terrorists' homes;, a strong hard and more severe punishment of those who throw stones, bottles, fireworks and firebombs; fines for the parents of children and young people who throw stones; the outlawing of those elements that are stirring up unrest in Jerusalem; and other measures. ...


maandag 10 nov 2014
Bron:  Embassy of Belgium in Tel-Aviv - foto: Prof. Daniel Wagner, Mr. Guy van Doosselaere, chairman of the Christoffel Plantin Fund and Mrs. Cathy Berx, governor of the province of Antwerp

Foto: Professor Daniel Wagner, Mr. Guy van Doosselaere, chairman of the Christoffel Plantin Fund and Mrs. Cathy Berckx, governor of the province of Antwerp Prof Daniel Wagner, recipient of the 2014 Christoffel Plantin Prize

Professor Daniel Wagner of the Weizmann Institute of Science was awarded the 2014 Christoffel Plantin Prize at a ceremony that took place in Antwerp on October 20th, in the presence of the Governor of the Province of Antwerp, the ambassador of Israel in Belgium and the ambassador of Belgium in Israel. Each year, this prestigious prize is bestowed upon a Belgian citizen who resides outside Belgium and who has made a significant contribution in his or her field of study. Professor Wagner, born in Israel of Belgian parents, is a prominent scientific leader in materials science, and a world-renowned specialist in the field of nanocomposites.

Special bonds unite the Weizmann Institute with Belgium: Dr. Chaïm Weizmann, a scientist and first President of the State of Israel, and his spouse were close friends with Queen Elisabeth who visited them several times in their residence in Rehovot, now situated inside the campus of the Institute. Moreover, as noted by Governor Cathy Berx during the ceremony, the awarding of the prize to an Israeli citizen highlights the strong links between the city of Antwerp and Israel. Many members of the Belgian community now living in Israel came from Antwerp and Antwerp is a twin city of Haifa. ...


woensdag 5 nov 2014
Bron:  Deutsche Welle.de / foto: Amos Oz

Amos Oz"What Would You Do?" - Deutsche Welle interviews Amos Oz

Amos Oz: I would like to begin the interview in a very unusual way: by presenting one or two questions to your readers and listeners. May I do that?
    
Question 1: What would you do if your neighbor across the street sits down on the balcony, puts his little boy on his lap and starts shooting machine gun fire into your nursery?
    
Question 2: What would you do if your neighbor across the street digs a tunnel from his nursery to your nursery in order to blow up your home or in order to kidnap your family?
    
I am afraid that there can be no way in the world to avoid civilian casualties among the Palestinians as long as the neighbor puts his child on the lap while shooting into your nursery. ...


woensdag 5 nov 2014
Bron:  Israël Forever.org / E.J.Bron.worldpress

Krijgen we wereldwijd 1 miljoen handtekeningen bij elkaar als steunbetuiging voor de Balfour Verklaring uit 1917?

Zondag 2 november markeert de 97e verjaardag van de Balfour Declaration. Een document dat velen beschouwen als de eerste stap in de vorming van een tastbare staat voor het Joodse volk toen Lord Balfour het standpunt proclameerde van "Zijne Majesteit´s regering" betreffende de vorming van een nationaal tehuis in Palestina ten behoeve van het Joodse volk. Niet alleen vertegenwoordigde dit de eerste politieke erkenning van het joods nationalisme door een wereldmacht, maar was het ook een weerspiegeling van de filosofische, praktische en spirituele betekenis achter de historische band van het Joodse volk met haar oude vaderland.

Eenmaal gevierd in Joodse gemeenschappen wereldwijd voor meer dan een decennium, bracht de jaarlijkse viering van Balfour Day hoop voor degenen die ervan droomden ooit op een dag een eigen thuisland te krijgen. Een thuisland waarin ze konden leven vrij van vervolging en van haat als Joden in hun eigen huis. ...


woensdag 29 okt 2014
Bron:  JPost - foto's: Israëlische President Reuven Rivlin in het Museum in Warschau, 28 oktober 2014 [Reuters]; Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw [Adrian Grycuk]

Israëlische President Reuven Rivlin in het Museum in Warschau, 28 oktober 2014 [Reuters]In het vorig jaar geopende nieuw Joods Museum in de Poolse hoofdstad Warschau werd gisteren de tentoonstelling 'A Thousand-Year History of Polish Jews' plechtig geopend in aanwezigheid van de Poolse President Bronislaw Komorowski en Israëlische President Reuven Rivlin.

JPost: "Rivlin in Warsaw: Saga of the Jews did not begin in Poland nor did it end in Auschwitz"

WARSAW – Calling it "not a Holocaust museum, but a museum of life," President Reuven Rivlin attended the opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw on Tuesday alongside Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski.

Rivlin described Poland as the place that nurtured the creative soul of the Jewish people.

"To our great sorrow, it is also the largest graveyard of the Jewish people," he said. ...


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